Relaying, Returfing and Reseeding a Lawn

How to Lay and then Maintain the Perfect Lawn

A new turf can make your garden look fresh, beautiful and immaculate. With a little effort you can replace your old and worn out lawn and make your garden look so much finer. Whether you are doing it as part of a larger project or separate from the rest or if you just simply want a different looking garden or lawn, you should consider returfing or reseeding. Returfing or reseeding your lawn could make you the envy of your neighbors. It is a project you can be proud of if it comes out right in the end.

Whatprice have followed their own advice below, check out their lawn blog to see how it went!

How to Lay the Perfect Lawn 

Follow these steps for a perfect and flawless-looking lawn:

  • You need to remove any old remaining lawn and flatten out the area to begin with. If you have to especially when the soil is dried up, water the area heavily but not to the point of flooding it. Use a roller afterwards.
  • Break up the area using a fork, but ensure that it is still flat and even.
  • Depending on your soil, you may have to use a fertilizer before reseeding or returfing. Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Rototill it into the soil. Then turf or seed and fertilize.
  • If you decide to reseed, it's very important to keep the seed wet until germination. This takes about two weeks. When the grass is three inches tall, cut it to two inches.
  • After that, mow it to about three inches.
  • Don't spray for weeds until you've mowed it three to four times otherwise you will damage the grass before it has established itself.
  • When ordering your turf, make sure you order in excess, around 10% more than your measurements suggest you need. This is to take into consideration any off-cuts that can't be used. In addition, it will be better to be left with a little extra turf than to end up needing a bit more.
  • Deliveries of turf should be done to the roadside outside your home. Have a wheelbarrow at the ready to move the turf to where it's needed.
  • The area of lawn being returfed should be watered, but not saturated.
  • Starting in the middle, unroll the first piece of turf. Unroll the next piece beside the first, ensuring that they are pushed up against each other.
  • Don't push the pieces of turf too close together; just make sure they are in contact.
  • Lay down the rest of the turf in lines, ensuring that each is placed up against the previous one.
  • When you reach the edge of the lawn cut the turf to the right size using secateurs.
  • When the entire lawn is laid, use a light roller to make sure it's all even. If you don't have a roller, take some time to pace over the whole area to flatten any bumps.
  • Water thoroughly each day over the next week, then every two days for the week after. You will notice any edge marks eventually disappear.
  • After two weeks you can mow the lawn, but don't cut too much off as it will take several more weeks for the grass to take deeper root.


Keeping your Lawn Looking Perfect 

Once you've laid out your new turf or once you've reseeded, your lawn will look immaculate! Here are a few tips to keep it that way longer.

  • Water every day thoroughly for at least a week in the evening
  • Don't step on the new turf.
  • After a week, try gently lifting a hidden corner of the turf to see if the roots have bonded with the soil. Only then can you walk and reduce the frequency or stop watering altogether.
  • The first mow - even if the grass is long, resist the urge to mow it at your normal level. The first cut should be on a high level to take the tips off the grass then if possible, for the first month, mow weekly reducing the blade height with each cut. This will encourage the new grass to thicken into a dense green lawn.
  • After the lawn is established, mow and water it once or twice a week. Watering at night during summer can invite fungal problems caused by standing water and high humidity. It's better to water during the day. It takes off the heat from the grass and keeps the roots from coming to the top.
  • Keep putting down fertilizer at a half-rate throughout the growing season. This helps establish more root growth than top growth during summer.
  • Get rid of dead grass at the end of the summer.
  • In late August or September the first year after reseeding, rent a thatching machine to remove the lower layer of thatch and put down more fertilizer and seed. That should get you ready for winter and a healthy lawn for next spring.

By the way, to pick the best grass seed or the perfect turf for your lawn, take into account the growing region (defined by humidity level and mean temperature), micro climate (how much sun the lawn gets throughout the day), maintenance time, and expected foot traffic. For example, the wide, coarse bladed grass such as the Bahia grass is not particularly attractive but is low maintenance and is best for sunny or partly shady climates. Its ruggedness and deep root system make it good for erosion control while the Bermuda grass is also best for sunny climates but is high maintenance. This wide bladed grass is fast growing and requires frequent edge trimming but will tolerate high foot traffic. It is popular for its density. The selection of grass is one of the largest investments and one of the most important decisions you may face.

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